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Students view the city from the TRAM

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Student Group Picture - Arial Tram On August 2, 2007, the BDS summer interns experienced a wonderful opportunity to have a personal tour and ride on one of Portland’s finest attractions, the Aerial Tram.

Transportation’s TRAM Project Manager, Art Pearce was gracious enough to share with the summer interns all of the knowledge and experience he gained working on this very special project.  Art took the students underground to the operation room and explained how the tram works, in addition to the several back-up systems put in place to insure the tram’s safety.

Tour to the basement of Arial TramThe Portland Aerial Tram is a 3,300 linear foot aerial tram rising 500 feet over Interstate 5, the Lair Hill neighborhood, and Terwilliger Parkway and connecting OSHU and the Marquam Hill to the South Waterfront District.  The tram provides approximately a 3 minute ride between the two areas.  The view of the Downtown Portland and Mt. Hood are extraordinary.

As we began to take off into the air, one of the students Autumn Bigboy screamed and our 9 year old mascot, John Dylan, said “hold me tight”.  At one point on the ride the tram dips reminding you of a theme park ride. The experience was great and the students chattered nervously and excitedly throughout the entire field trip. On behalf of the students and BDS, thank you Art for the adventure.

For more information on the Summer Internship Program, contact Tiffani Penson at (503) 823-1109.

Downtown Portland - South Water FrontArial Tram from OHSU

Tiffani Penson,

BDS Outreach Coordinator

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